"Two Men Who Stood Under the Plunderers' Knives" column by Amy Goodma
Ken Saro-Wiwa and Alberto Pizango never met, but they are united by a passion for the preservation of their people and their land, and by the fervor with which they were targeted by their respective governments. Saro-Wiwa was executed by the Nigerian government Nov. 10, 1995. Pizango this week was charged by the Peruvian government with sedition and rebellion, and narrowly eluded capture, taking refuge in the Nicaraguan Embassy in Lima. Nicaragua has just granted him political asylum. Two indigenous leadersâone living, one deadâPizango and Saro-Wiwa demonstrate that effective grass-roots opposition to corporate power can take a personal toll.